Current research shows that carers and loved ones of people with depression can themselves be at risk of developing mental illness. Support for these people is now at hand with a new program available in the Hunter and Central Coast areas, which cares for the carers.
‘Partners in Depression’ is a six week evidence-based, educational group program which provides information and support for people who care for, or care about, someone experiencing depression. “Those attending could include partners, parents, siblings and friends,” Chris Hardwick, Program Co-ordinator with Relationships Australia said.
The program is an initiative of the Hunter Institute of Mental health and is now available nationally. ‘Partners in Depression’ is run by qualified health professionals and provides a safe and supportive place where people can learn about depression and the role of the carer.
‘Partners in Depression’ in Broadmeadow/ Newcastle will be starting soon – call Relationships Australia on 02 4940 1500 to register your interest. Fees are based on a sliding scale, according to a person’s income, and are negotiable.